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Natural Versus Lab Grown Diamonds

Natural Versus Lab Grown Diamonds

You may have heard the term 'lab grown diamond' being used in the jewellery world, and you may be surprised to learn that these modern gems are no chemically different from the natural diamonds you've always known. Diamond as a substance is simply crystallized carbon: a pure element in an atomic structure known as “diamond cubic”. The diamonds we know as gemstones can be formed in two unique ways, each of which produce minerals almost identical in composition and appearance. There are organic diamonds created by natural forces, and lab-grown diamonds made using modern laboratory techniques that replicate the environment in...

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Alternative Stones for Engagement Rings

Alternative Stones for Engagement Rings

  Classically, diamonds are the stone of choice for engagement rings. Their durability and shine make them ideal for long term wear, but that doesn’t make them the sole option when choosing engagement jewellery. There are many precious and semi-precious stones that boast hardness and beauty, making them suitable for engagement and increasingly popular. The best feature of these alternatives is their uniqueness and variety; a bride-to-be can have any colour, clarity or size they wish for.    There are some factors to consider when choosing alternative stones. Moh’s scale of hardness is the tool we use to measure the...

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Jewellery Metals Guide

Jewellery Metals Guide

                  There are several unique metals used to create fine jewellery, each with their own properties and benefits. Some metals are more suitable for casual wear; some metals are recommended for longterm pieces, such as engagement rings and wedding bands. Understanding the different metal types will help you make an informed decision when purchasing jewellery for any occasion.  Gold  Gold is a popular choice for wedding and engagement jewellery, in addition to everyday pieces. It is a durable material that keeps its colour and shine.  When choosing gold jewellery, you may consider...

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